Billy Joel set the record for most appearances ever at NYC's Madison Square Garden after playing his 65th show on Wednesday, July 1. Prior to the gig, Joel was tied with Elton John with 64 performances apiece at the venue. In honor of the accomplishment, MSG officials dedicated a banner to Joel, which will now hang in the arena's rafters.
Garth Brooks came in at number six on Forbes' list of the World's Highest Paid Celebrities after pulling in $90 million over the course of the year. According to the mag, the majority of Brooks' earnings came from his ongoing world tour. Other country artists to make the list include Taylor Swift at number eight, Toby Keith at number 32.
Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Pearl Jam and Coldplay are among the artists taking part in Shazam's new music discovery program. Here's how it works: When you follow an artist on Shazam, you'll be able to see what songs they spun and check them out, too. Fans can also respond right to the artist and give them their thoughts.
Meghan Trainor has been forced to postpone the first two gigs of her MTrain tour after doctors discovered a hemorrhage on her vocal chords. She announced the news via Instagram, and apologized to fans. "I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me," she began. "I love you all very much and want to get healed quickly so I can show you this amazing tour . . ."
Tyler Hubbard wed Hayley Stommel during a ceremony in Sun Valley, Idaho on Wednesday. According to People, the date came on the two-year anniversary of their first kiss. "There's something about being able to call Hayley my wife and say that it's official!" Hubbard told the mag. "Marriage is forever and we're just so happy to share our love forever."
Iggy Azalea slammed the media after stories about her supposed feud with collaborator Britney Spears went viral. During a recent Twitter Q&A, Azalea blamed poor promotion for the fact that her collaborative track with Spears, "Pretty Girls," didn't chart well. She said "unfortunately I'm just featured," a comment that Spears fan took umbrage with.
The Beastie Boys have revealed that they will no longer play live following the passing of founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch. Speculation about a possible reunion was sparked after the remaining two Beastie Boys filed a trademark application for the group's name for use in live performance. They were contacted by Pitchfork about the potential of any live shows without MCA.
Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris says that, following last year's cancer diagnosis, fronter Bruce Dickinson is recovered and "singing better than ever." Harris spoke with Kerrang, saying Bruce will open up about the ordeal when he feels like it.
Lady Antebellum have released a new music video for "Long Stretch of Love," the lead track taken off of their album 747. The new clip is a visual statement for the band, one full of walls of lights, pulsating strobes, a smoking drum kit, a flaming tire, and band member Charles Kelley jumping through a massive plane of glass.
Bruce Springsteen made a surprise guest appearance during the encore of Brian Wilson's Holmdel, New Jersey show on Wednesday, July 1. The Boss joined the Beach Boys legend for "Barbara Ann" and "Surfin' USA." The appearance appears to have surprised even Wilson's roadies, who are seen in fan shot footage scrambling to find Springsteen a guitar to play.
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Auction house Lelands is putting a dirty cartoon drawn by Doors fronter Jim Morrison on the block. The drawing features characters familiar from Charles M. Schultz's Peanuts gang having an off-color convo. "Charles M. Schultz would be outraged!" writes the auctioneers of the sketch. "Doors frontman Jim Morrison was quite the cut-up . . ."
Blake Shelton is teaming up with NBC for NBCSN's NASCAR Spring Cup Series opening video this season. The video features Shelton singing his song "Bringing Back the Sunshine." In the new clip he is joined by many of NASCAR's top drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon.
Robin Thicke says that he was going through a "personal hell" during the trial which saw him pay millions to the kids of Marvin Gaye over his hit "Blurred Lines." Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $7.3 million for copying Gaye's 1977 single "Got to Give It Up." "When I did the deposition, it was two weeks after my separation from my wife," Thicke says.
Coldplay fronter Chris Martin surprised patrons of a Delhi bar, teaming up with Indian musician Vishal Dadlani for an impromptu gig. "We were at a dinner together, and he just went 'let's go play somewhere'! And, boom!" Dadlani explained on Twitter after. He added that the gig was "more jam, less gig. Chris did all the work, though. People were going apes**t."
Marisa Tomei has been cast in the FOX program "Empire" as Mimi Whiteman, a billionaire mogul who loves "fashion, hip-hop and women," according to reps. Tomei's character will be a recurring one. Tomei is just one of many already announced guests on season two of the show, which includes spots from Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.